WHAT IS PASS?

GreenSpec PASS is UK’s leading Eco Label specified by architects to identify truly green building products from the ‘greenwash’

  • PASS evaluates and endorses building products, materials, equipment and systems featuring ‘green’ characteristics as well as promoting competent and environmentally sound construction.
  • PASS endorsement provides manufacturers and specifiers with an easy route to distinguish green from ‘greenwash’ products with more damaging environmental impacts.
  • PASS’ evaluation criteria and specialist peer review process ensures that only green products are endorsed.
  • PASS is devised and operated by practising architects and specifiers for the benefit of manufacturers and building designers. The review team also includes construction authors, CPD providers and materials scientists.
  • Developed by GreenSpec, the UK’s leading source of Green construction design guidance products that gain a PASS accreditation feature on the GreenSpec INDEX the website’s online product directory.
  • Easy to JOIN, a PASS label is a cost effective way to promote Green products to a wider audience. The GreenSpec website attracts over 50,000 visitors a month including architects, specifiers and contractors.

WHY WE NEED PASS

Even though the market is growing and awareness is at an all time high, there are still a number of issues preventing even greater growth in Green products.

  • Specifiers find it difficult to distinguish ‘Green’ from ‘middle-of-the-road’ building products, complicated further by false marketing claims (Greenwash) obscuring genuinely Green materials.
  • The lack of an adequate definition of Green products holds-back market growth.
  • Unfamiliarity with sustainable construction techniques slows adoption of Green products.
  • Lack of adequate third party labeling of Green products entails time-consuming research for potential specifiers.

 

 

WHY CHOOSE PASS

In a world with thousands of products to choose from, it is essential to have a label architects / specifiers can understand and trust, which credibly demonstrates the product has genuine environmental credentials.

Benefits

Benefits to the architect / specifier

  • PASS clearly demonstrates products’ environmental credibility to the market, differentiating them from those that are just ‘greenwashed’.
  • More stringent environmental regulations across governments has created a need for greener building materials, with demand for more energy efficient construction products increasing as a result. The PASS label is a trusted endorsement with increasing stakeholder demand for improved environmental performance.
  • PASS helps answer the specifier’s question ‘ What product on the market causes the least harm to the environment while providing the most benefit as a building component?’
  • Lack of adequate third party labeling of Green products entails time-consuming research for potential specifiers. With PASS, they can go to one central resource to look for suitable products, knowing that all the products meet minimum environmental standards.

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Benefits to the manufacturer

  • Endorsing with PASS enables manufacturers to use the PASS label on their products and marketing materials differentiating them from greenwashed products thus enabling specifiers to easily identify green products.
  • PASS endorsed products are automatically listed on the GreenSpec website, the go-to trusted resource among architects, specifiers, builders etc. The product entry includes a description, product images, downloadable brochures and datasheets, CAD and BIM files, video and dedicated contact forms.
  • PASS boasts excellent green credentials since it is born out of GreenSpec which started as a BRE project over 10 years’ ago. PASS also has a robust process for endorsing green product.
  • PASS makes products stand out in a competitive market as a credible, quality, environmentally friendly choice.